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  • Ask an Ethicist: To stand or to sit for the national anthem
    Fri, 09/30/2016 - 13:45
    Expressions of patriotism can be important to the health of the nation and can serve as a rallying point for a diverse and multicultural nation. Equally important is the right to peaceful protest including the right to express opinions that some people might find antithetical to the nation. Recently this tension has come to the fore as athletes and other prominent public figures have begun silently protesting police abuses during the singing of the national anthem. This week’s column tackles this important issue.
  • Reconnecting with Penn State’s past through virtual reality
    Thu, 09/29/2016 - 13:12
    It's not always easy to visualize the changes Penn State's University Park campus has undergone over the years. That's why one group of researchers is working to bring Penn State's history to life through 3-D modeling and virtual reality.
  • Lowering the heat makes new materials possible while saving energy
    Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:06
    A new technology developed by Penn State researchers, called cold sintering process (CSP), opens a window on the ability to combine incompatible materials, such as ceramics and plastics, into new, useful compound materials, and to lower the energy cost of many types of manufacturing.
  • Online students participate in research project to map refugee migration data
    Mon, 09/26/2016 - 16:13
    This summer, Penn State Department of Geography online geospatial education program instructors Beth King and Fritz Kessler took 10 students in the online Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) program on a unique field-learning experience. In the new eight-week course, GEOG 597G: Challenges in Global Geospatial Analytics, Penn State students collaborated with graduate students from the Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente, located in Enschede, Netherlands, to develop solutions to analyze spatiotemporal patterns in refugee migration data.
  • 24 Alumni Fellows recognized for distinguished careers
    Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:00
    The Penn State Alumni Association will recognize 24 graduates in October with the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Alumni Association.
  • Alley receives 2016 Climate Communications Prize from American Geophysical Union
    Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:11
    Richard Alley, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences and associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State, has received the 2016 Climate Communications Prize from the American Geophysical Union. The award honors scientists who have made a significant contribution in promoting scientific literacy and fostering understanding of science-based values.
  • Renovated Steidle Building dedication ceremony set for Sept. 30
    Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:58
    A complete renovation to Steidle Building, one of the most iconic buildings on Penn State’s University Park campus, is helping researchers advance the field of materials science and engineering and is providing enhanced learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. On Sept. 30, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering will be hosting tours of the renovated building throughout the day, as well as a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m.
  • Reconnecting with Penn State’s past through virtual reality
    Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:32
    It's not always easy to visualize the changes Penn State's University Park campus has undergone over the years. That's why one group of researchers is working to bring Penn State's history to life through 3-D modeling and virtual reality.
  • Nyblade appointed co-director of Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research
    Thu, 09/22/2016 - 17:05
    Andrew Nyblade, professor of geosciences, has been named co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, effective immediately. He joins Thomas Murphy, education and strategy manager with the Penn State Extension Marcellus Education Team, in leading MCOR.
  • Undergrads can apply for new 1-year master's in management and organization
    Tue, 09/20/2016 - 14:29
    The Penn State Smeal College of Business is now accepting applications for fall 2017 enrollment in its new Master of Professional Studies in Management and Organizational Leadership (MMOL), an accelerated master’s program designed primarily for recently graduated baccalaureate students from technical, nonbusiness backgrounds.
  • Osseo-Asare inducted into Brazilian Academy of Sciences
    Tue, 09/20/2016 - 13:43
    Kwadwo Osseo-Asare, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering and of energy and geo-environmental engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), was recently inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Sciences during a ceremony held in Rio de Janeiro. He was cited for “pioneering contributions and developing fundamental understanding of the aqueous processing and application of materials.”
  • Graduate student to study prosthetic implant materials through grant
    Mon, 09/19/2016 - 14:30
    Cassie Marker will be spending her fall 2016 semester more than 600 miles away from Penn State’s University Park campus, where she normally conducts research and takes courses as a doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering. Marker received a grant through the Department of Energy to conduct research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee from Aug. 15 through Dec. 15, examining the fundamental properties of a variety of titanium alloys used in prosthetic implants.
  • Penn State welcomes new NSF graduate researchers
    Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:23
    The Graduate School at Penn State welcomes 14 new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients for the 2016-17 academic year. These 14 students join 55 prior recipients continuing in the University’s graduate degree programs.
  • Penn State welcomes three new ethics core faculty members
    Tue, 09/13/2016 - 16:47
    The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State welcomes three new core faculty members in ethical research: C. Daryl Cameron (psychology), Joshua F.J. Inwood (geography), and Alan R. Wagner (aerospace engineering). These faculty members will help strengthen an interdisciplinary community of scholars and educators from across the University and they are committed to enhancing Penn State’s curriculum and research expertise in ethics.
  • Students to showcase international cultures at Sept. 15 event
    Mon, 09/12/2016 - 12:33
    The ground floor of Deike Building will be transformed into a showcase of cultures from around the world at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 15, at the second annual International Culture Night. Hosted by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) Ryan Family Student Center and organized by EMS students, the free event offers opportunities for the public to sample international foods, see performances and learn about different cultures.
  • No ordinary classroom
    Mon, 09/12/2016 - 10:47
    Imagine your classroom is an incredible journey, traveling through South Africa and studying while also getting introduced to amazing people, places and animals. Penn State Mont Alto business management student Erica Newton experienced such a journey in spring 2016, when she participated in Penn State’s Allied for Earth Sciences Engineering and Development in Africa (AESEDA) Parks and People: South Africa Wild Coast Program.
  • Alumni, faculty crowdfund meteorology and atmospheric science scholarship
    Mon, 09/12/2016 - 10:07
    More than a dozen faculty and alumni of Penn State’s Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science have come together with gifts totaling more than $100,000 to create a new scholarship — called the Meteorology Alumni and Faculty Trustee Scholarship — that will begin benefitting undergraduate students this fall.
  • Penn State In The News: August 2016
    Fri, 09/09/2016 - 15:52
    Penn State appears in the news hundreds of times every day. Monthly, the University’s Office of Strategic Communications features national and international news coverage of the work and expertise of Penn State’s faculty, students and staff.
  • How land use affects the spread of disease
    Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:21
    Protecting the landscape may also help protect people from some infectious diseases, according to Erica Smithwick, associate professor of geography. Smithwick and her colleagues have been investigating how land use has affected the spread of two diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Infectious disease transmission: It’s who you know and where you go
    Thu, 09/08/2016 - 09:39
    Public health researchers have long used social networks to understand the spread of infectious diseases, which can be spread from one person to another, but those social networks often have gaps. A team of researchers recently showed that spatial analysis can help fill in those gaps, leading to a more complete picture of disease transmission and ways to mediate the risk, particularly for those who are most vulnerable.

VOICES of Our College:  Earth and Mineral Sciences
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences celebrates its rich heritage and tradition of excellence through sharing the spoken words of the people who have influenced our history. The compelling accounts of their experiences, hopes, and visions for our future demonstrate the power of stories to engage us and spur us to actively participate in shaping the next generation of our graduates. Be inspired and entertained as you listen to the stories of both past and present people of EMS! You'll find audio files and view photographs of current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Discover how the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has built a community dedicated to teaching, research, and service, to industry and society.  <<Listen to the VOICES of EMS>>

 

Penn State Faculty:  The Experience of Online Teaching
The World Campus has produced a great video that features Penn State faculty (Sarma Pisupati, Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering) discussing their experience of online teaching.  These faculty stories illustrate the variety of course types, instructional design models and levels of faculty engagement in World Campus courses. <<VIEW VIDEO>>

 

Penn State:  Inspiring Researchers
In research, small breakthroughs can make big impacts . . . impacts that can save lives.  Jim Adair and his team at Penn State are transforming the way we treat and detect cancer . . . <<VIEW VIDEO>>

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